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Cal OES activates state operations center to support local jurisdictions impacted by December storm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center to support local cities and counties impacted by heavy rain, snow and high winds during the next few days across the entire state.

Weather officials say this is one of the strongest storms in years in terms of wind and rain intensity. Several parts of California could see more than six inches of rain and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour.

Emergency managers have been proactively preparing for this powerful storm by monitoring its path, communicating with the National Weather Service and asking residents to take simple steps to ready their businesses and homes for inclement weather.

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Symphony hosts Christmas concert

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The Susanville Symphony Society presents its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Susanville Assembly of God Church. File phto

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — With holiday classics highlighting the evening, the Susanville Symphony Society’s upcoming concert is an event sure to get audience-goers into the Christmas spirit.

“Christmas in Susanville,” is one the whole family should enjoy and will feature the Susanville Chorale Society, guest soloists, and for the first time, youth orchestra string players will be part of the concert.

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Caltrans prepares for massive winter storm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Caltrans is preparing for one of the strongest storms Californians have seen in years, with more than 1,500 pieces of storm-related equipment and more than 3,000 maintenance employees ready for this week’s major weather shift on track to impact several regions throughout the state.

“Caltrans’ first priority is the safety of the motoring public and we will be working around the clock to keep roads open and clear,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Crews have been busy checking pumping stations, readying equipment and clearing roadside drainage ditches across the state. Generators have been checked and have plenty of fuel for operation throughout the anticipated storms, and crews have been busy filling sand bags.

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Mailing deadlines coming

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — The winter holiday season is here and people are scrambling to send presents and packages to loved ones across the country and even the world.

The busiest days of the holiday season will be Monday, Dec. 15 (busiest mailing day) and Wednesday, Dec. 17 (busiest delivery day).

Deadlines for sending packages to make sure they arrive by Christmas are as follows:

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NWS warns about upcoming storm

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — The National Weather Service is forecasting a large winter storm due to arrive in our region Wednesday afternoon. This storm will bring strong winds through Thursday, the winds are predicted with sustained speeds of 40 to 50 with gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour on the valley floor, and the 395 south corridor. These winds are predicted to last upward of 18 hours.

The precipitation forecast for the low elevations is 1 to 3 inches of rain, and a rain snow mix at the 6,000- to 7,500-foot elevations. Flooding is not expected due to the dry soils, some localized flooding may occur due to the volume of rain, and the drainage systems being compromised. With the winds and rain coupled with drought-stressed trees we can almost assure power outages in the region, which can last from a few hours to a few days.

The city of Susanville would like to take this opportunity to share some winter storm safety reminders, and precautionary measures:

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